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I woke up this morning with a short story idea for a writing contest I was hoping to enter, but alas, I have to go to work. Ack! Why don't these things happen at more convenient times?

I'm writing down some notes to myself so that, hopefully, I can pick this up again when I get home.
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I'm re-starting my old writing community, [livejournal.com profile] story_lines. Here's how it works. Somebody/Anybody can post a prompt. It could be a few sentences or it could be a picture. Then, others can add onto the story in the comments. The amount you want to add can be up to you. You could write as little as one sentence or as much as a couple of paragraphs.

This is very similar to a round robin. It's tons of fun and it's great practice for those of us who love to write, but are out of practice or don't have oodles of time to write. If you like this concept, spread the word because it's one of those things were, the more people you have, the better it is. As they say, the more the merrier!

Anyhoo, the first prompt can be found here. Feel free to create other prompts if something strikes your fancy. Enjoy!

And in other news:

- I have read about the latest kerfuffle on LJ. What a mess! I just thought I'd repost a statement saying that I will never cross-post anything written on your journals onto Facebook or Twitter.

Now I've got to figure out how to remove the Facebook and Twitter ticky boxes from my journal. What's the fix again?
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There is a fun writing game going on right now on [livejournal.com profile] ontdcreepy. I've made a couple of contributions already. Go check it out....
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* I haven't even gotten out of my chair yet, and already Cosette is trying to steal my seat...the little shit.

* Did I mention that I really enjoy having artists on my friends list? Sometimes, they post links to more artists. A few days ago, [livejournal.com profile] kiwikat posted a link to Ashely Witter's art. Go look. I think her work is kind of neat.

* Great. I'm an idiot. There were two people I was supposed to buy birthday presents for, not one. Well, I will see the other person in a week or two, so it's no big deal. I can give them their present then. I still feel like a moron though.

* Posting these two links more for myself so that I can go back to them and read them. I really need to get back into writing that book I started in November. Or at least spend more time writing in general. But no, I keep saying I should do it and then put it off...

* There were eleven of us playing Apples to Apples today. [livejournal.com profile] judgys got the red cards bongos and bon-bons for the word, profound. I thought that was amusing for whatever reason.

* So...we're supposed to get about eight inches of snow Sunday night into Monday. What happened to the spring like weather??
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So...here are the New Year's Resolutions I made last year. Let's see how well I did with them...


1) Exercise more (and maybe lose a few pounds) -- Bwahahahahaha! Yeah right.

2) Stay healthy in general -- I did okay with this one, thankfully. I got a lot of colds, but I had no major health dramas in 2009.

3) Learn to crochet (already started!) and continue knitting -- I did indeed learn to crochet. Last week, I finished crocheting a baby blanket for my best friend, who will be having a baby boy this March. While working on this project, I discovered that crochet projects go much faster than knit ones. I'm also crocheting an afghan for myself. This one is going to take me a long time because the yarn is so fine.

And of course, I've been doing a lot of knitting. For instance, I finished my Doctor Who scarf in March.

4) Write more -- Done. I did NaNoWriMo this year. I also wrote a couple of short stories.

5) Try to figure out some of my great-grandmother's recipes -- I made one of the dishes from my great-grandmother's recipe book, but I haven't tried any of the other ones. I meant to make one of her bread pudding recipes, but I decided to use a recipe that I found online because it had choooooocolate.


Judging from my progress last year, I'd say that I get much more accomplished when I post my goals for the year on LJ. So...that means that I'm going to post my New Years Resolutions for 2010 as well. Here they are in no particular order...

1) Finish writing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo. This includes editing and revising.

2) Try to get something published. Extra emphasis on the word try. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to accomplish this, but we'll see.

3) Update all of my knitting and crochet projects on Ravelry, including the projects that are still in progress. That means taking a picture of whatever I'm working on, writing down what kind of yarn I'm using, and including a link to the pattern. I've been very lax about posting to Ravelry in 2009. Since joining Ravelry, I only posted one project that turned out to be very well liked, apparently, because fourteen people favorited it. Last week, I took pictures of my Doctor Who scarf and I the baby blanket I just finished.

4) More exercise! Muy importante! I probably won't be able to do much walking in January and February because the weather sucks, but I definitely should get out there come March and April. I think I'm going to try to get back into my routine of walking three to three-and-a-half miles a day. This will be really helpful when it comes to writing because I come up with most of my ideas during walks. Listening to my iPod while I walk also helps. By the way, I dreamed up the story that eventually became my NaNoWriMo project during a walk in September. Earlier that week, I had read a writing prompt that said something to the effect of, "you can come with this time, but only if you behave." I was thinking about it while I was walking and all of a sudden BAM! I had a story.

5) Participate in NaNoWriMo in November of 2010. Years ago, I tried writing a book called Dreams of Fenecia, but ended up abandoning it. Since that time, I've lost whatever work I did on it. Most of it was crap anyway because I had no idea what I was doing back then. Character outlines? Plot outlines? What are those? I also do think my prose in what I had written left much to be desired. It was too...perky. Anyhow, I think that I will try revisiting that book in November of 2010.

6) Maybe try to post more to Live Journal this year. I've been very quiet these past few months.
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I've been telling [livejournal.com profile] doomsey for a couple of weeks now that I was going to write this story. I emailed it to him this evening and got a chuckle out of him, so it must have been amusing.

The story is a little over 1,000 words. Don't have a name for it yet.

I am a bad, bad person )
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NaNo Stats: 50,069 out of 50,000. I wrote a joke "rocks fall, everyone dies" kind of ending for now. Later, I'll go back and finish the novel. I have a lot more story to tell about these bozos, but my hands are killing me. I'm getting a lot of pain and stiffness. I need to take a break, and then finish the story at a less break-neck pace.
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Hey peeps! Aside from the picture of the day, I haven't done any updates on LJ lately. There hasn't been much to say because I've been so busy doing NaNo this month. (It's been eating up all my free time! Halp!) I do have to say that NaNo is going very well. I'm currently at 41,697 words out of 50,000. Barring anything bad happening, *knocks on wood* I should be able to reach 50,000 words by November 30th easily. I still think I'm going to have more story to write when I reach 50,000, so I think I'll take for a couple of weeks (I've been having some issues with my hand), and do some more work on it in late December, early January.

According to an email from the Chicago NaNo group earlier this month, each year they have a theme. They request that people doing NaNo include the theme in their novels. This year, it was chickens because during the midnight Halloween write-in, someone dressed up as Colonel Sanders and ran up and down the street with a bucket of KFC under one arm. I needed a college prank for my two friends to talk about, and I needed my main character, Ebenezer, to get in trouble for it. (Simon always gets Ebenezer in trouble!) Chickens was as good an excuse as any.

No actual chickens were harmed in the writing of this NaNo novel! )

Too bad I have a role-playing thing on December 5th and can't make the wrap up party. I would definitely submit it.
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* Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November. Sorry...just had to do that.

* I now have 8,834 words out of 50,000 for NaNoWriMo. Yay! I'm also discovering that going back over the stuff I'd written the day before and making changes helps me get in gear to write new material. Anybody else doing NaNo feel the same way?

* Today, I'm thinking of taking a short break from writing and doing a short field trip for my picture of the day. It depends upon how much work I get done this morning.

* I guess that last bullet point means I better get cracking, huh?
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* I haven't been able to keep up with LJ or Twitter so much because I've been pretty busy with NaNoWriMo. If anything happens that you'd like me to know about, feel free to point me to an entry and I'll read it.

* So far, I've got 6,859 words out of 50,000. Originally, I had planned to write the story from the point of view of only one of my characters, Ebenezer, but today, I experimented with having part of it told by a second character, Simon. I'm not too sure how I feel about it though, and I think I might end up taking the sections told from Simon's perspective out. Besides, Simon is kind of random, and I get the feeling that it would be funnier for the reader (Hah hah hah! Like anyone's going to read this!) to not know what he's thinking ahead of time when he springs shit on Ebenezer. I'm also not terribly broken up about taking those parts out because it'll only knock a couple of hundred words off my total. I've been writing like gangbusters anyway, and I'm a little bit ahead of where I need to be at this point.

* If there's anybody else I missed out there who is doing NaNoWriMo and who I haven't friended on nanowrimo.org, let me know and I'll add you.

* I'm really happy that I decided to write a comedy instead of some more serious ideas that I've had rattling around in my brain for awhile. I think it turned out to be a far more manageable project for NaNo.

*Oh hey! Look at the time! It's late! Time for bed, people!

NaNoWriMo

Oct. 20th, 2009 10:32 am
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Hey everybody! I regisered as nekosensei on NaNoWriMo's website. Is there anybody else out there participating in NaNoWriMo who wants to come join me?
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We just made Wired!

This is a ton of fun. It's like Blog Like the End of the World Day, only better.
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Previous books )

5. (audiobook) Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman -- It must take me a long time to get through audiobooks because I started this one last summer, and didn't get around to finishing it until a few weeks ago. I usually listen to them while doing something else such as walking, gardening, or knitting. This was a collection of short stories. As always, they were very imaginative. I have no idea where this guy gets the inspiration for these stories, but I only know that I wish I were half as creative. I've had an idea for a novel percolating at the back of my mind and even written a chapter or two, but when I sit down to outline it, I feel like I'm hitting my head against a wall. Sometimes I feel like my problem is that, while I'm good at expressing myself on paper, I don't have much to write about. You know? And on a somewhat related note, it's a shame that the writing community I was in that had the weekly challenges died. One of these days I'm going to have to see if I can find something similar...

6. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories -- [livejournal.com profile] emygination gave this book to me as a Hanukkah present. A collection of short stories-- some of them very creepy-- by various authors. I think my favorites were "Ringing the Changes" by Robert Aickman and "The Sweeper" by A.M. Burrage. By the way, can you tell that I really like ghost stories? :)

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So...I'm thinking about submitting this story for my weekly writing challenge thingie. The problem is that I didn't get a lot of sleep last night and my head isn't on right today. Anybody want to read this and tell me if it's any good?

Where do these things come from? I swear...sometimes I write like I have something wrong with me... )

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This is the story I wrote for this week's challenge for [livejournal.com profile] the_dead_muse. This is why I've been banging my head against the keyboard of my computer for the past few days.

Challenge Name: Countdown
Rating/Warning: PG
Word Count: 2,420


Click here )
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What can I say? I got bit by the writing bug again. This time, I got bit bad because it looks like I've got the start of a novel here. I've written something about this character before too. Hmmm...

Oh, by the way, [livejournal.com profile] mrscake, I swiped the name of your dog. I hope you don't mind!

Read more )

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As I mentioned earlier, I joined two writing communities in order jump start my writing again. When I was in college, I was told a lot by my teachers that I was good at it (one professor actually photocopied my work once and handed it out as an example of what he wanted to see), but in past years, I've felt like I've been stagnating. I just didn't have anything creative to say. I think reading writing prompts periodically was just the kick in the pants I needed to pick it up again.

This one was a response to a writing prompt posted several days ago in [livejournal.com profile] staringout. The prompt was: "Write about someone skipping something: a rock, a school day, a medication, work." The resulting story was kind of disturbing. I actually considered not posting it to my personal journal for a while there.

Somebody's went off their me-eds )

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Jan. 30th, 2009 12:34 pm
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Okay...I suppose this question merits its own post, so here goes...

Can anyone out there mention a cheesy, but popular harlequin romance novel, the name of a hero, who he is roughly, and what he does...besides the heroine of course. This is for a drabble / short story idea that I've had at the back of my head for a couple of days. A link to Amazon might also be helpful. I suppose, if push came to shove, I could make one up, but I know very little about the genre.

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